The MLC community is a diverse group of interesting people from all over the world.
MLC has many interesting stories to share about our history and of course our people, families, students and staff. Here we share just a glimpse into the lives of some of our community.
Alexandra Abel (2001)
Alex studied medicine at the University of Melbourne before working as a doctor at the Alfred Hospital. She then completed a masters in public health and tropical medicine. She now works at a general practice in outer Melbourne and is passionate about Indigenous health. She also volunteers for a NGO called Care For Africa, which involves running mobile health clinics in rural Tanzania. "MLC allowed me to pursue multiple passions and gave me the confidence to reach for the stars. It provided a nurturing environment whilst creating space for independence and personal development. My fond memories and the friendships I formed will stay with me forever."
Nicki Kenyon (1984)
Nicki studied at UWA Perth before leaving for Hong Kong and a career in marketing. She has since worked for advertising agencies, in travel (Cathay Pacific Airways), financial services and social media (Facebook). She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter, and is Vice President Marketing APAC at Visa. “I learnt so much at MLC and it wasn’t all about academia. I developed self-esteem and an awareness that I could do anything I set my mind to, which has given me the confidence to try new things, move countries and advance my career. I have an always-on attitude to learning and believe this is attributable to my time at MLC, and a significant factor in my success.”
Melissa Lawton (1992)
After leaving MLC, Melissa studied journalism at RMIT before landing a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to work on the broadcast of the Sydney Olympic Games. That experience led to a career as a TV producer in Australia and around the world, and included highlights such as the World Cup in Korea, Olympic Games in China and Commonwealth Games in India. Melissa is currently settled in Salzburg with her husband and two young children working as the head of live programming for digital venture, Red Bull TV. "I often describe MLC as a school where students are given the opportunity to explore their potential in any field. I never felt limited in ideas, in pursuing my passions or taking risks. The opportunities that MLC gave me empowered me as an adult. I continue to take a world view and I continue to believe that anything is possible if I take the opportunities that are presented and work hard to succeed in that area."
Rachel Nordhus (2001)
After leaving MLC, Rachel studied fashion at RMIT University before embarking on an international journey that has taken her through internships at Collette Dinnigan in Australia and Alexander McQueen in London, as well as working for Italian luxury brand, Prada - all before following her heart and settling in Stavanger, Norway, with her husband. Frequent travel is important to Rachel, who loves being so close to such a vast selection of European cities. Currently Rachel works for the British International School of Stavanger. “MLC taught me the value of broadening my horizons and gave me the self-confidence to build a life away from the relative safety and comfort of family and friends in Australia.”
MLC has produced a number of distinguished alumnae who are well-recognised for their contributions in their fields.
Read more on our Notable Alumnae
Carmen Bianco (1987), founder of Melbourne-based women’s fashion company Lounge the Label, is enjoying seeing her daughters, Jade (Year 9) and Paris (Year 7), forge their own memories of learning and friendship at MLC.
“Even in our short time here, the girls both speak very highly of the school,” says Carmen. “I feel honoured we can send our girls to MLC so they can have this positive educational experience.”
A special thread that binds five generations.
Reflecting on a rich intergenerational history with MLC, Bonnie Yue (McCallum 1982) and her daughter, Emma (Year 11), often use the same word when describing what attending the College has meant to them: "opportunities".
“When my great grandmother arrived at MLC on a scholarship in the late 1800s, it was an amazing opportunity for a woman of her time. In 2017, it remains a wonderful opportunity for girls who want to become well-rounded, progressive-thinking women,” says Bonnie.
Miranda Brown (1992) says it was “always a given” that she would send her two children, Georgie (Year 2) and Colby (MLC Kindle), to MLC.
“As a student in the 1980s and 1990s I loved all the opportunities that MLC offered. Both my children started at MLC Kindle and their journey to date has been exceptional.”
“Being educated at MLC is something of a family tradition,” says Jane Trembath (Godbehear 1963).
“My sisters and I all attended MLC and I subsequently chose to send my daughters – Andrea Suttle (Trembath 1991) and Belinda Seedsman (Trembath 1989) – to the College. Four of my nieces are also past students. It’s wonderful to have granddaughters Zoe Suttle and Amy Seedsman, and many of their cousins, at the school today, as well as grandsons who have attended MLC Kindle.”
As Head of Science, Miriam manages a dynamic team of 34 colleagues, as well as the development and implementation of curriculum and best practice approaches to teaching and learning. She also maintains an active role in the classroom. “It is the people at MLC that make it such an amazing place to work. To me the staff are the best and I am also very lucky to work with such an amazing group of students,” she says.
The MLC science curriculum and testing methodology work toward building contemporary skills including critical thinking, problem solving and team work – to provide students not solely with knowledge but, the tools to independently understand concepts in an environment of rapid change. “Our aim is to encourage science literacy and higher order thinking. Our learning approaches emphasise innovation, collaboration, and the skills and tenacity to nut things out and work as a team.”
Leading the English faculty as Head of English, Nicole supports a holistic teaching philosophy designed to encourage students to view challenges not as obstacles, but as opportunities for growth. “I really love my job and the MLC community – the students, my colleagues and the environment for learning. We are all learners here, and I find that really inspiring,” she says.
Introduced to the world of literature by her grandfather, following his footsteps to a career in education was only natural. “My maternal grandfather was always curious about the world. Our friendship and the way he liked to help others inspired me to take the path of education,” recalls Nicole. Beyond the classroom, Nicole is involved in the research and development of innovative teaching methodologies designed to meet the individual needs of MLC students.